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March 10th, 2015

Bulldogs put three on All-CUSA team

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Louisiana Tech’s backcourt trio earned 2015 all-conference accolades, announced by the Conference USA office on Monday, after leading the Bulldogs to an outright conference regular season title.
Tech senior Kenneth Smith was a first-team selection while both senior Raheem Appleby and junior Alex Hamilton were named to the second team.
The league revealed three all-conference teams made up of five players each with the Bulldogs having the most players selected. WKU had the second most with two while 10 other teams each had one.

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Techsters’ Wingate honored

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After not playing organized basketball for more than two years, Louisiana Tech junior Brandi Wingate finally returned to the courts this year.
And after shaking off some a slow start this season, Wingate showed why she was so highly ranked prior to her season-ending injuries in both high school and junior college.
On Monday, Wingate was rewarded for her efforts as she was voted by the league coaches as the Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year.

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Tech softball hopes to play

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After a weekend off due to weather cancellations, Louisiana Tech’s softball team hopes to return to action today with a pair of non-conference games slated for the Lady Techsters Softball Complex.
Weather pending, Louisiana Tech (13-5) is scheduled to host Cleveland State (10-5) at 1 p.m. and Lyon College (5-6) at 6 p.m. in Tech’s first action at home since Feb. 20.
Baseball postponed: Tech’s midweek baseball game against Northwestern State has been postponed and will be played at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches.

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March Madness strikes locally

Everybody likes to get a little crazy sometimes.
March Madness is upon us as Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities’ basketball teams move into postseason play while the New Living Word School boys’ squad prepares to play in the Class C state semifinal game.
All of those squads are in need of and deserving of our support.
It’s the fourth straight trip to the Class C semifinals for the Lions, who finally captured their first state title last year by roaring past Sicily Island last year 91-72.

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Slow cooking ideas for the spring

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Do you ever dream of coming home after a long hectic day to a wonderful home cooked meal — you didn’t have to cook? Does this sound too good to be true? Not if you have a slow cooker. Slow cookers can help you prepare meals, save you time and money.
Tips
• Fill the slow cooker one- half to two- thirds full of water.
• Turn your slow cooker to low and let it heat for 8 hours with the lid on.
• Check the water temperature with an accurate food thermometer. Do this quickly because the temperature drops 10 to 15 degrees when the lid is raised.

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Temple gives to DART

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Members of Temple Baptist Church’s McConathy-Hall Sunday School class recently brought gifts to the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. From left to right are Temple members Kay Lynn Tettleton, Bonnie Nolan, Linda Echols and Rachel Sibley, DART Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey and Temple member Jan Hall gathering around donations of towels and paper products for the emergency shelter.

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Retired officer wins award

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Billy Graham, of Ruston, earned the Willie C. Smith Aviation Service Award during the third annual MPCATA Awards Banquet and Birthday Celebration. He is a retired Lt. Col. from the United States Army, serving as a military pilot for 24 years. He also earned his commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration. He served two combat tours in Vietnam, two in Europe and lived overseas for 17 years.
During his military career he received an Air Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals and more than 30 other awards and honors.

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March 9th

LPPJ to consider multiple water project requests

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury, along with two committees, will meet Tuesday.
The Public Works Committee convenes at 6 p.m., followed by the Economic Development Committee at 6:30 p.m.
The PWC will consider three separate projects for which to apply for Community Water Enrichment Fund money.
• Hilly-Greenwood Water System - $25,000
• Fellowship Water System - $30,000
• Waterworks District No. 1 - $40,000
The Villages of Choudrant and Simsboro have also requested assistance from the PWC.
Both villages are requesting assistance from the PWC for roads in need of repair.

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Kool Kids reaches 20th consigment mark

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Jennifer Riley, Memrie Lolley and Jill Myers wanted to help the community by selling high-quality children’s items at a lower price.
Starting off in their garage and now displaying hundreds of racks from wall-to-wall at the Ruston Civic Center, the Kool Kids Children’s Consignment store celebrated its 10th year anniversary and 20th consignment selling March 5.
Their sale, which ended on Saturday, featured children’s items that people consigned and sold at affordable prices.

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Local church hosting GSU choir concert

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The Grambling State University choir will appear in concert Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. The event is free and open to the public.
The 35-voice choir will perform a variety of selections during the hour-long performance.
“We focus more on music dealing specifically with Negro spirituals, jazz and secular and sacred music,” GSU choir director Natorshau Davis said.
Davis said the choir’s performance at the Ruston church would give area residents who might not otherwise hear the choir an opportunity to enjoy their music.

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